Samsung Omnia 7 Review
0. phoneArena 26 Oct 2010, 08:00 posted on
Undoubtedly, one of the most remarkable Windows Mobile phones was the Samsung Omnia. A year later aboard came its direct successor, the Omnia II. And now the time has come for Samsung to introduce the next device in this high-end series. No, it is not the Omnia 3. It's the Samsung Omnia 7, paying tribute to the brand new operating system it runs on – Windows Phone 7...
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1. mishima (unregistered)
How bad is the voice / call quality? How would you rate it on a scale of 10? Do you think it can be fixed with a firmware update?
2. yves707 (unregistered)
i would be interested to something about audio quality when listening to music. the device has no equalizer and some say its very quiet...
does anyone know? :)
3. Pio (unregistered)
Haha 8.5 ??!! In your opinion this phone is as good as Galaxy S ? Don't Make Me Laugh....
4. uui (unregistered)
why cant WP7 phones have a FWVGA (480x854) display?
5. debanks (unregistered)
if you are on Orange network, you can get HD call quality :)
6. codymws (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
I really like the user interface of WP7, but I like the customizability of Android. But overall I'd probably choose WP7. If only they had this on Verizon in America...
Oh, and I really like the Start button on this phone...
7. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Here's to hoping this will be on Verizon in May.
8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Question, would I be able to use this device on 3G in the US?
9. Emman (unregistered)
yes, I used this on straighttalk (AtT)
10. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Really? What area are you in? I've been hearing that the 3G is contingent upon location in the states.
11. chorith (unregistered)
can anyone give me some ideas of buying this omnia 7 or the Focus ?? cos now i am thinking of buying one of these phone !! thank ahead !!!
12. Axial (unregistered)
Alright, so here's the sit-rep of 3G data in the USA with this phone:
1. You have to make sure that you actually got the tri-band UMTS version, because there are reports of a dual-band version floating around that will not work in the USA at all for 3G.
2. After confirming that you have the tri-band version, you need to know which band it is that the USA supports: it's the UMTS 1900 band that you want.
3. Find a carrier that supports UMTS 1900: this means AT&T.
4. Make sure you are in a 1900 MHz area and not an 850 MHz-only area. Here is a map from 2008 (newest I could find):
5. Configure your APN settings: in WP7, flip to app menu > Settings > Cellular > button on bottom of page for APN. Input:
APN: "wap.cingular" (All small letters, no quotes)
Ta da! Now you have 3G in the USA with a Euro phone!
Note that 850 MHz is the old technology, and all new equipment erected since 2008 has been 1900 MHz, so there definitely is more 1900 MHz coverage than that map shows. The good thing about the phone being 1900 MHz-only in the USA means that it will ALWAYS access the faster of the two AT&T 3G bands, so you get notably better performance.
So there you have it. If you don't mind AT&T, pull the trigger. It's an excellent device and far superior to the chintzy Focus that Samsung saw fit to insult us with. I don't honestly know why they spent extra money on R&D for the Focus when it would have been cheaper to make a quad-band Omnia 7; it will sell itself.
13. Axial (unregistered)
Got a part backwards: new equipment has been mostly 850 MHz. Still, there should be more coverage than that map demonstrates. 1900 is the better performing, but 850 has the better penetration. Seeing that AT&T is often criticized for inferior coverage compared to VZW, it would make sense for them to put up more 850MHz.
14. tommyboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I have had this phone since last June. I can't wait for the contract to run out so I can be rid of it. t promises a lot but delivers little. Apps I wanted I can't have for some reason. It is difficult to hear people speaking when the phone. Difficult to find things on and has been a very dispiriting experience. Avoid this phone at all costs. There MUST be better out there somewhere.
15. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
I saw this phone and the Nokia lumia, guys believe me this phone is so dull in front of a Lumia. Lumia looks very beautiful but this samsung omnia has a very much dull handrware and color. Omnia sucks